Image copyright Getty Images Image caption People are being told to stay at home as much as possible - despite the good weather

The UK has recorded 917 new coronavirus deaths, taking the total number of people who have died in hospital with the virus to 9,875.

For the second day in a row, more than 900 deaths were recorded in hospitals.

The latest figures come as the prime minister has told friends he owes his life to the NHS staff who treated him in hospital for Covid-19.

Boris Johnson is expected to spend the coming weeks resting and recovering and will not rush his return to work.

Meanwhile the home secretary said she was "sorry if people feel there have been failings" in NHS protective kit.

Her comments came after some NHS workers said they still did not have the personal protective equipment (PPE) needed to treat coronavirus patients.

  • 'She loved her job': The NHS staff who've died
  • NHS workers' lives 'at risk over PPE shortages'
  • 'We need Easter as much as ever,' says the Queen

Saturday's death toll, accurate as of 17:00 BST on Friday, are slightly down on the previous day's 980 deaths.

However, spikes or dips may in part reflect bottlenecks in the reporting system, rather than real changes in the trend and these figures do not include those who died in care homes or the community.

The growth in the total number of new deaths has stalled in the last four days.

In some other countries that implemented lockdown, the numbers of reported deaths stopped growing about three weeks into lockdown.

But it is too soon to know for sure whether we have reached that point.

There have been reporting lags at weekends and it is possible that a bank holiday weekend will include deaths that go unreported until next week.

The government is urging people to stay at home over Easter to curb the spread of the virus, despite warm and sunny weather across parts of the UK.

At the Downing Street briefing, NHS England medical director Stephen Powis said: "It is a bank holiday weekend, it is a time of year when typically we would be celebrating or getting together with relatives and close friends.

"But I'm afraid this year it has to be, for all of us, a stay-at-home Easter."

  • Can I go out in the sun?
  • What can the police fine you for doing?
  • Will coronavirus go away in the summer?

Police have issued more than 1,000 fines to people not following social distancing measures, according to early figures released at the government briefing.

Martin Hewitt, chair of the National Police Chiefs Council, said most people spoken to by officers had understood the rules but a "small minority" had refused to comply.

Media playback is unsupported on your device
Media captionPriti Patel: Total crime in the UK has dropped but criminality "continues to adapt"

Also at the briefing, Ms Patel announced £2m to support domestic abuse services as she said anyone suffering during the lockdown would still be able to get support from the police.

For those people, Ms Patel said: "Home is not the safe haven that it should be."

Anyone in immediate danger should call 999 and press 55 on a mobile if they are unable to talk, she said.


'A kind and compassionate hero'

Abdul Mabud Chowdhury, 53, was a married father-of-two and a consultant urologist. He died with coronavirus on Wednesday.

  • Remembering NHS staff who have died

The home secretary also warned that while total crime had fallen during the lockdown, criminals were adapting.

Fraudsters had already exploited coronavirus with losses to victims exceeding £1.8 million and perpetrators of "sickening online child abuse" were seeking to exploit young people and children being indoors and online.

  • How hackers are preying on fears of Covid-19
  • Domestic abuse services to get £2m amid lockdown
  • How many confirmed cases are there in your area?

Meanwhile, the Queen has told the nation "coronavirus will not overcome us" and said "we need Easter as much as ever" in her traditional message marking the celebration.

'Protective kit warning'

Earlier, Health Secretary Matt Hancock defended his warning that some NHS workers were using more PPE than needed.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer had said it was "insulting to imply frontline staff are wasting PPE".

Mr Hancock told the BBC he was not "impugning anyone who works for the NHS", saying, "They do an amazing job."

"But what I am reiterating, stressing, is the importance to use the right amount of PPE," he added.

The British Medical Association (BMA) said health workers treating coronavirus patients still did not have access to enough protective equipment.

  • A SIMPLE GUIDE: How do I protect myself?
  • HOPE AND LOSS: Your coronavirus stories
  • LOOK-UP TOOL: Check cases in your area
  • VIDEO: The 20-second hand wash
  • STRESS: How to look after your mental health

Meanwhile Prime Minister Boris Johnson is continuing to make "very good progress" as he is treated for coronavirus in hospital, Downing Street said.

Mr Johnson, 55, had three nights in intensive care before returning to a ward on Thursday.

No 10 said he was receiving daily updates and pregnancy scans from his fiancee, Carrie Symonds, and had been passing the time with films and sudoku.

In other developments:

  • "Much-loved" nurse Julie Omar, 52, has become one of the latest NHS workers to die with symptoms of Covid-19. The trauma and orthopaedics nurse, who worked for Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, died at home on Friday
  • The news came shortly after the death of another nurse, 47-year-old Leilani Dayrit, in Rugby. Mary Dayrit, 19, said her mother was "selfless until the very end"
  • An 18-year-old man has been arrested after breaching coronavirus lockdown restrictions for the sixth time
  • Police have apologised after a man was threatened with spray and arrested in Manchester as he dropped off food for vulnerable relatives
  • Ministers have agreed to give £200m to developing countries in a bid to prevent "future waves" of coronavirus infections hitting the UK
  • The World Health Organization has warned of a "deadly resurgence" in infections if restrictions are lifted too early.